By Anne Bello
Published Oct 24, 2011 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2011 at 8:39 PM ET

Loudonville, NY — Siena’s goal for the season is straightforward: win.

The team came up empty-handed last season, going 0-7 and coming in tenth in the Hawthorn Cup. Don’t count on a repeat, though. Siena should have a new number one in Daniel O’Connor, who founded the club team at Cornell before transferring to Siena. Sophomore Kevin Schafer is expected to play in the bottom 3, and a slew of freshmen — Ben Caesar, Gordo Wiltse, Anthony Piro, Jacky Cheng, Rich Pacheco, Tyler Kallquist, and Jon Tasca — will be jockeying for position in the line-up.

With so much interest from new players, the young program should have no problem fielding a nine-player team again this season.

The wins that eluded Siena last season should not be long in coming.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 0-7

Final Ranking: 59

Team Championships: 10th in Hawthorn Cup (G Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Viraj Patel, (2) Kevin Walsh, (8) Zachary Miller, (9) John Schoonmaker, (10) Matt Eliseo, Rob Pacheco

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (3) Cory Tedesco, (4) Craig Shepard, (6) David Harris, (7) Brian Hicks

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Daniel O’Connor
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Kevin Schafer
  • Expected to compete for spots in the top 10: Ben Caesar, Gordo Wiltse, Anthony Piro, Jacky Cheng, Rich Pacheco, Tyler Kallquist, and Jon Tasca

Team Goals: To win a match and to play in a nine-player division at the Men’s National Team Championship

Key Matches: Bard College and Ithaca College

 To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.